In Colorado, Most Feel Legal Pot is Bad for State's Image

Colorado became one of the first states in the country to legalize marijuana at the beginning of the year, but a new Quinnipiac University poll shows more than half of Colorado voters say legalization is bad for the state’s image.

Fifty one percent of voters said legalization is bad for the state’s image, while 38 percent disagreed.

The poll found wide differences among both political parties and age groups, with 73 percent of Republicans saying legalization is bad for the state’s image while a smaller number -- 57 percent -- of Democrats said legalization was good for the state’s image.

When it came to the age of voters, younger voters were more closely divided as to whether legalization was good for the state’s image by a 57 percent to 41 percent divide. Voters over the age of 65, however, overwhelmingly felt marijuana was bad for the state’s image, with 67 percent saying they felt pot wasn’t good for the state’s image.

Nearly three-quarters of voters -- 73 percent -- said it wouldn’t bother them if a neighbor grew pot at home but most voters (81 percent) said they were opposed to changing Colorado’s law to allow people to grow more than 12 marijuana plants in their home.

“Coloradans don’t mind if their neighbors grow a little grass in their living room, but the prospect of big-time grow houses next door is a turnoff,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From Jan. 29-Feb. 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,139 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

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